Off-site child care
Finding the right fit for child care can be a real challenge. We’re aware that the UW Children’s Centers have large wait pools, so we’ve negotiated access to additional centers with leading early childhood education and child care providers.
UW faculty, staff, and students at all campuses are eligible for enrollment priority at designated Bright Horizons and KinderCare centers on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment priority does not guarantee placement, but it will move you up their wait pool as a UW priority.
Priority access at Bright Horizons
Contact Bright Horizons to locate centers in your area and receive information on their tuition rates and potential wait pool. All necessary registration and tuition fees are the responsibility of the family. Once you have decided on your desired Bright Horizons location, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a verification email, which you can provide to any center you are considering. Please include your student or employee ID with your requested email and any Bright Horizon locations you are considering.
New Interbay and Belltown locations now enrolling! Bright Horizon’s newest locations are opening in Interbay and Belltown this summer. Follow the priority enrollment process detailed above if interested.
Visit Bright Horizons or call 877-624-4532.
Priority access at KinderCare
Contact the KinderCare location directly to receive information on rates and potential wait pools at the centers below. Be prepared to show a pay stub or current record of UW status at desired location. UW faculty, staff, and students have priority at the following KinderCare locations throughout the Puget Sound:
- North Tacoma
- Browns Point
Visit KinderCare UW or call for free at 877-914-7683.
Additional resources for off-site child care
You may also find the following child care discounts, services, and programs helpful.
Discounts on local nanny and au pair services
Visit The Whole U website, click Discounts, and then select Childcare Services from the dropdown menu.
UW faculty, staff, and students save 10% on standard weekly tuition rates for full-time and part-time care at KinderCare Learning Centers and Champions Before-School and After-School Programs.
The Champions before- and after-school programs are for school-age children and are available at participating schools in the Central Kitsap, Federal Way, Kent, Northshore, and Tacoma school districts.
Visit KinderCare Learning Centers and Champions or call 877-914-7683 to find a participating center or site near you.
Early learning and child care support
Childcare Aware of Washington is committed to the success of every young child and every child care provider across our state. We connect families to high-quality child care and early learning programs, and we support child care providers who deliver high-quality care. They also provide information regarding options for child care financial support.
Child Care Resources: Since 1990, Child Care Resources has helped to build a strong early learning system for all children in King County. They work with families, caregivers and early learning professionals, and collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child has a great start.
Both are trusted resources for families seeking child care in Washington state and are available by phone or email to help families explore their early learning options.
Child care guidance
Contact UW CareLink for free consultation and information on your childcare needs. Specialists can provide customized referrals that include availability confirmation. Please call for assistance: 866-598-3978.
Student child care assistance
For student parents, the Child Care Assistance Program for students provides information about child care and other programs, including financial assistance to cover basic child care costs for those eligible.